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Walden


Published July 19, 2006


Librivox recording of Walden by Henry David Thoreau Read by Gord Mackenzie.

Walden by Henry David Thoreau is one of the best-known non-fiction books written by an American. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau’s life for two years, two months, and two days around the shores of Walden Pond. Walden is neither a novel nor a true autobiography, but a social critique of the Western World, with each chapter heralding some aspect of humanity that needed to be either renounced or praised. Along with his critique of the civilized world, Thoreau examines other issues afflicting man in society, ranging from economy and reading to solitude and higher laws. He also takes time to talk about the experience at Walden Pond itself, commenting on the animals and the way people treated him for living there, using those experiences to bring out his philosophical positions. This extended commentary on nature has often been interpreted as a strong statement to the natural religion that transcendentalists like Thoreau and Emerson were preaching. (Description amended from Wikipedia).

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Source Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Run time 14:17:52

Reviews

Reviewer: Gemelo - - June 28, 2015
Subject: Much appreciated
Thanks to this very fine recording, I have now "read" and reread with great enjoyment an exquisite piece of literature that I had previously and mistakenly regarded as uninteresting.
Reviewer: JK. - - June 8, 2015
Subject: Walden
Read beautifully.
Reviewer: saint clare - - July 28, 2014
Subject: Walden Read by Gord Mackenzie
Beautiful reading. Stuff like this makes the the Internet Archive and Librevox a true cultural treasure. Thanks to everyone who made it.
Reviewer: BenjaminS.T. - - January 4, 2013
Subject: Walden
I give five stars.
Reviewer: namhcabd - - August 22, 2012
Subject: Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Great recording. Thanks for recording!
Reviewer: earinthesky - - July 14, 2012
Subject: Walden Woods by H D Thoreau
Thank you so much for this!!
http://archive.org/details/walden_librivox

I am delighted, amazed and challenged by these 150 year old writings now put so beautiful into spoken format. Thank-you to all those involved in producing this.
Reviewer: theharpist - - October 25, 2011
Subject: excellent
the reader does a masterful job.
Reviewer: YooperNation - - October 3, 2010
Subject: A Must Read Book, but should actually read first?
I consider Walden to be a book you should actually read first before listening. It talks to the mystic in me, who has been getting lonely lately!
Reviewer: acuchetto - - March 16, 2009
Subject: Essential reading
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Pity I didn't read it sooner!
Reviewer: thinginab - - August 29, 2008
Subject: Good Reading
The quality of the reader is very good. He is as good as any professional I've heard.

I found the content of the book to not be my taste. It seemed to be a mix of ranting about the state of society and a naturalist journal (much of it is simply an account of daily happenings that didn't interest me). I found myself tuning out most of the time.

I'm rating it high because of the quality of the reader. If you love Walden, then this is for you.
Reviewer: andrew_zito - - December 7, 2007
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Hmm anything profound to mention?
Well if Henry wasn't good enough to produce something profound that 35,836 people could not mention, that and in that in Japan they tested monkeys and humans finding the monkeys won I guess it speaks alot about "humans" and I shouldn't be disappointed.

Hey to my ex-girl friends I didn't beat you the monkey beat you don't blame me!

BTW I am not human! Walden is wonderful! Henry David Thoreau is better than your momma! and the recording I am sure is wonderful and if it isn't it's the fault of the other 35,836 people who are lame lazy and jaded.

Why are they so stupid?? Why?
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